My quest to use my Etihad Guest miles continues.
I have largely given up on redeeming Etihad Guest miles on partners, though there are some good deals with Air Seychelles and Royal Air Maroc. I talked to an Etihad Guest Supervisor who was able to look up availability after my recent post. However, there is very little availability for the routes I inquired about – think about 2 seats per year!!
Still, Etihad Guest miles can be great value when shuttling around the Gulf countries. While Qatar charges high fuel surcharges with Privilege Club Qmiles or Avios, Etihad does not. Short flights can be pretty expensive (e.g. Doha to Abu Dhabi) and Etihad charges under 5,000 miles one-way with a minimal fee.
Thanks to my Starwood Platinum status I'm able to transfer small increments of Starpoints to Etihad. Points transfer on a 1:1 ratio. This way I can just transfer exactly what I need for a booking.
The last transfer took only 3 business days to show up in my account. However, the miles were not immediately usable – I still have to wait for them to be available on the booking interface (seemingly a different system).
– One-Way Abu Dhabi – Seychelles 18,451 Etihad Guest miles +$25 vs $743 – almost 4 cents per mile
– One- Way Doha – Abu Dhabi 4,579 Etihad Guest miles +$25 vs $254 or 4,500 Avios + $128 (Qatar) – almost 5 cents per mile
– One-Way Abu Dhabi – Tehran 7,260 Etihad Guest miles +$25 vs $607 – almost 8 cents per mile
So Etihad Guest miles redeemed on Etihad can be great value.
You can book online without going through the horrific call center. What a surprise 🙂